Kropotkin grew up in the midst of the struggle between the peasants and workers and the government. He was born a prince of the old nobility of Moscow, was trained as a page in the Emperor’s court, and at twenty became an officer in the army. The discovery that he was engaged in revolutionary activities in St. Petersburg while he was presumably devoting his life to scientific geography, caused a sensation. He was arrested and held in prison without trial. He became at once one of the most hated and most beloved representatives of the revolutionary cause.
Italian anarchist-communist, militant, and critic of syndicalism, Errico Malatesta is one of the most influential figures in the history of anarchism. Now available online, Errico Malatesta: His Life & Ideas includes both a collection of his writings taken from various Italian periodicals, and a biographical sketch from the editor, Vernon Richards.
“Whoever denies authority and fights against it is an anarchist,” said Sébastien Faure.
The definition is tempting in its simplicity, but simplicity is the first thing to guard
against in writing a history of anarchism. Few doctrines or movements have been so
confusedly understood in the public mind, and few have presented in their own variety of
approach and action so much excuse for confusion. That is why, before beginning to trace
the actual historical course of anarchism, as a theory and a movement, I start with a
chapter of definition. What is anarchism? And what is it not? These are the questions we
must first consider.
Suggestions that I write my memoirs came to me when I had barely begun to live, and continued all through the years. But I never paid heed to the proposal. I was living my life intensely — what need to write about it? Another reason for my reluctance was the conviction I entertained that one should write about one’s life only when one had ceased to stand in the very
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anarchist Congress held in Amsterdam in August 1907, the Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici has produced an English translation of the 1978 book “Dibattito sul sinda-calismo: Atti del Congresso Internazionale anarchico di Amsterdam (1907)”, in which labour historian Maurizio Antonioli examines the process that led to the Amsterdam Congress and its significance both within the labour movement and the anarchist movement. He then goes
Guerin’s classic anthology of anarchism translated and reprinted, available for the first time in a single volume. It brings together a vast array of unpublished documents, letters, debates, manifestos reports, impassioned calls-to-arms and reasoned analysis; the history, organisation and practice of the movement – its theorists, advocates and activists; the great names and the obscure, towering legends and unsung heroes. This definitive collection portrays anarchism as a sophisticated ideology whose
What do anarchists want? Colin Ward provides answers to these question by considering anarchism from a variety of perspectives:theoretical, historical, and international, and by exploring key anarchist thinkers, from Kropotkin to Chomsky. He looks critically at anarchism by evaluating key ideas within it, such as its blanket opposition to incarceration, and policy of “no compromise” with the apparatus of political decision-making.